Sunday Considerations: Walk with God

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“The commandment to walk with God is indefinite, without limitation, therefore must be understood to be a walking with him in all things, and that in all things, and, at all times, in all companies, and in all changes, conditions, and estates of your life, whatsoever. To walk with God in general and at large is not sufficient.

You are not dispensed with for any moment of your life; but all the days of your life, and each day of your life, and each hour of that day, and each minute of that hour; you must pass the time, the whole time of your dwelling here in fear; even ” all the day long,” saith Solomon. You must endeavour to have a conscience void of offence always. You must live the rest of your life, not to the lusts of men, but to the will of God; taking heed lest at any time there be in you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

1. For this end Christ did redeem you from the hands of your enemies, that you might serve him in holiness and righteousness (which is the same with walking with God) all the days of your life without fear.

2. The end of the instructions of God’s word, which is the light of your feet in this walking, is, that it be bound upon your heart continually, to lead, keep, and converse with you at all times.

3. The lusts of your own heart, and your adversary the devil lie always upon the advantage to hinder you in, or divert you from, this godly course: so that upon every intermission of your holy care to please God, they take their opportunity to surprise you.

4. You are accountable to God for losing and mispending all that precious time wherein you do not walk in his ways.

5. Besides, he that hath much work to do, or that is in a long journey, or is running a race for a wager, hath no need to lose any time. If you be long obstructed in your Christian work and race, by sin and sloth, you will hardly recover your loss but with much sorrow, with renewed faith, and with more than ordinary repentance.

Wherefore, when you awake in the night, or in the morning, and while you are employed in the day, and when you betake yourself to sleep at night, you must, as David, have thoughts on God, and set him always before you. “When I awake, I am still with thee,” saith he, and in the night he remembered God, and his hope and meditation was on God’s word. And Isaiah (in the person of all the faithful) saith, ” With my soul have I desired thee in the night, yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.”1

  1. Henry Scudder, The Christian’s Daily Walk (Glasgow: W. Collins & Co., 1826), 56-58.
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